An exceptional new recruit for Michael Jung

Credit : Michael Jung (Facebook)

Wednesday 06 February - 15h44 | Lucas Tracol and files

An exceptional new recruit for Michael Jung

Absent from the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon after an injury to his top mare Fischer Rocana FST, Germany’s Michael Jung has just added an impressive new arrow to his quiver. The champion eventer has welcomed Chipmunk FRH to his stables, who up until now had been ridden by Jung’s compatriot Julia Krajewski.

 - An exceptional new recruit for Michael Jung

Credit : Michael Jung Facebook (translated)

Julia Krajewski and Chipmunk FRH will no longer be competing together. The German rider and her Hannoverian gelding have been partners for six seasons, but the son of Contendro I will now be ridden by the longtime World No.1 and current World No.4 Jung.

The bay was sold after the contract between Krajewski and the breeder and previously sole owner Hilmer Meyer-Kulenkampff came to an end in October 2018. Since then, bids for the mount had come in from around the world. And in the end, it was Klaus Fischer who purchased the majority of Chipmunk shares, keeping the horse in Germany, but now with Michael Jung.

With Julia Krajewski, Chipmunk won Stregom's CCI3* in Poland in 2016, and Brahmam's CCI3* and Marbach's CIC3* last year, but also contributed to the German team victory in the Nations Cup in Aachen last season. Selected to represent the country at the Tryon World Equestrian Games in September, the pair took the lead in the competition after the dressage, crushing the competition in that discipline. However, after a refusal during the cross-country and two bars down in jumping, the duo would finish the championship in 39th place.

Forced to sit out the World Championships due to an injury to Fischer Rocana FST, and somewhat lacking in other top-level horses following the retirement of the otherworldly La Biosthetique Sam, Michael Jung is understandably pleased about the new arrival, describing a "new future" in a Facebook post. "It's something new for me to get a 'finished' horse," he wrote. "I thank Julia for the great and years of training and I'm curious to see what Chip and I can expect for the next few years."

"Due to the success of Chipmunk FRH and Julia Krajewski over the years, the interest of foreign nations [in the mount] has been extremely strong, especially in the pre-Olympic period," added Dennis Peiler, Director General of the German Olympic Riding Committee. We are therefore very happy to have been able to keep the horse in Germany." For her part, Krajewski said she was very sad to see him go. Photo below of the pair from Scoopdyga. 

 - An exceptional new recruit for Michael Jung

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